'You are not listening,' Fauci tells Sen. Rand Paul during a Senate hearing on the coronavirus - 2020-09-23
He also compared New York's response with that by Sweden, which decided to keep its economy relatively open. Public health experts have said that Sweden's vulnerable population paid a price for that decision. The Kentucky U.S. senator also said New York has achieved enough herd immunity from the coronavirus and is "no longer having the pandemic."
"To those who argue that the lockdown flattened the curve in New York and New Jersey, the evidence argues otherwise," Paul said, accusing Fauci of being a "big fan" of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's "shutdown" despite its high number of Covid-19 deaths.
"No, you misconstrued that senator, and you've done that repeatedly in the past," Fauci responded at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing.